Deputy Medical Examiner

Multnomah County Health Department | Portland, OR, United States

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Posted Date 1/29/2021

Current employees: Please apply through the employee portal to be considered for this opportunity.

Pay Range:

$27.61 - $33.80 Hourly


Health Department

Job Type:

Regular Non-Represented

Exemption Status:

United States of America (Non-Exempt)

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

February 13, 2021

The Opportunity:

This Work Matters!

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions, including full and on call positions.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program investigates and determines the cause and manner of deaths which occur under specific circumstances in Multnomah County as required under Oregon Law (ORS Chapter 146). Investigation includes evaluation at the site where the death occurred, review of records, and an autopsy by a pathologist if necessary. The medical examiner may also determine who caused the death, and if it resulted from criminal means. ME Office staff are directly involved with the families and loved ones of deceased individuals as well as the responder community (police, fire, mortuary services, accident investigators) on a daily basis. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program operates in partnership with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

As a Deputy Medical Examiner you will:

  • Investigate deaths as prescribed by Oregon statutes, to include homicides, suicides, accidents, natural deaths and any death in which there are questionable or unexplained circumstances;
  • Conduct investigations to determine the manner and cause of deaths, and whether they resulted from overt or natural causes; respond to media, notify next of kin and coordinate with health care professionals, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a Health Department employee you will create a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment.


Required Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:

Education/Training: Equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in human anatomy, biology, forensic pathology or a related field demonstrating the capacity for the required knowledge and skills. Paramedic or forensic nursing training highly desirable; AND

Experience: Two years of responsible medical or law enforcement investigation experience.

License or Certificate:

  • Must be able to pass a Background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Ability to Board Register with ABMDI w/in first 18 months of hire.
  • Successful completion of Oregon Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator (OCMDI) course within 18 months of hire.
  • CJIS clearance within first six months of hire.


  • Knowledge of state and local laws regarding death investigations and human remains.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, processing, and evidence collection techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology, especially as it pertains to pathology.
  • Knowledge of weapons (and safe unloading), drugs, and legalities of securing possessions.
  • Thorough knowledge of first responder health and safety requirements including basic firearms safety.
  • Ability to secure, control, and account for property taken into custody, including pets.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work and a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information effectively, both orally and in writing to diverse audiences including emotional family members.
  • Ability to examine and handle mutilated, decomposed, and partial human remains.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver dead bodies.
  • Ability to obtain biological specimens as required without mutilation of remains and to accurately describe remains.
  • Ability to locate and notify next-of-kin expeditiously and compassionately.
  • Ability to work in unfavorable conditions such as inclement weather and rough environmental terrain. Skilled in problem-solving and conflict resolution.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experiences that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.


The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of application/ resume and cover letter for minimum qualifications and all required attachments. If you do not address the minimum qualifications in the application, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the recruitment process.
  • Supplemental questions
  • Phone screen
  • Oral exam
  • Consideration of top candidates
  • Background, reference, and education checks

Required: The Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.

1. An application/ resume demonstrating you meet minimum qualifications, AND

2. Responses to the following supplemental questions (submit supplemental question responses where you are asked to upload a resume.)

  • Describe your experience in conducting investigations in a medical or law enforcement setting. Include where you received this experience, for how long, and to whom and how you reported your results.
  • Describe your knowledge of investigative techniques as applied to medical or law enforcement investigations.
  • Describe your experience in working with law enforcement personnel and agencies, relatives of decedents, funeral directors, and medical personnel.
  • Describe how you obtained your knowledge of medical terminology and fundamentals of medical diagnoses.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience in operating a computer.
  • Do you have the ability to lift dead bodies?


Note: Please be mindful of checking your email inbox for messages from the Recruiter as you may be emailed requesting additional information. If a response is not received in a timely manner your application may not be considered.


Type of Position: This position is eligible for overtime

Type: Represented

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.



Chandra Montgomery



+1 (503) 9884733 x84733

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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